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Iran condemns suspension of Syria's OIC membership: FM

08-16-2012 23:35 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi condemned on Thursday the suspension of Syria's membership in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the semi- official Fars news agency reported.

The OIC announced early Thursday the suspension of Syria from the 57-member bloc, which was proclaimed in a statement issued at the end of an extraordinary OIC conference held in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

The organization also stressed the need to immediately end the acts of violence in Syria, which has been torn by deadly turmoil for 17 months.

Salehi said that suspending Syria's membership in the OIC was an "unjust" and "unfair" move, according to Fars.

"Iran opposed suspending Syria's membership as it was against the Charter of the OIC," he was quoted as saying.

"Before making any decisions, Syria should have been invited to the summit to discuss and defend its position," said Salehi.


Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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